Graft buster looks into Chalerm’s assets

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The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has appointed a panel to look into the properties of former prime minister and labour minister Chalerm Yoobamrung after finding  his latest declaration of assets was unusual.

The appointment came as a local news website reported that Pol Lt Chalerm was facing secret probe into the handling of the Labour Ministry’s secret fund when he was in charge of the ministry in 2014 during the height of the anti – government rallies by the defunct People’s Democracy Reform Committee.

NACC deputy secretary general Voravit Sukboon admitted that the NACC has appointed a subcommittee to look into the issue but declined to elaborate what it will look into.

He said it could not be said exactly that the probe would focus on which part of the property or when it was unusually derived from.

Earlier Issara news website reported that the Office of the Auditor General has detected unusual spending of the ministry’s fund, especially when it was said to be reimbursed for secret official work.

The office has conducted in-depth investigation and has found the persons responsible for the spending.

It found that during the period when Chalerm was minister of labour there were two reimbursements of the fund on secret missions, the first in 2011 involving 500,000 baht, and the second of 6.4 million baht in 2014.

The office has already submitted its finding to the NACC to investigate.